Indian Women’s Basketball team is set to compete against Asian giants in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying tournament starting from November 14 in in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
It will not be an easy task for India after the below par performance in FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2019 Division A ,Moreover India are grouped with Current Asian Champions Japan, Asia Cup runners up Australia and Chinese Taipei whom India already lost in Asia cup.
Recently of the said opponents India faced both Japan and Chinese Taipei in the group stage of the FIBA Women’s Asia cup Div. A, where India lost against both the teams and finished last in the group stage, losing all the group stage matches against Japan, South Korea and Chinese Taipei in Bengaluru.
India clashed with Philippines for the 7th spot playoff, where the team showed the best performance of the tournament still which wasn’t enough to beat Philippines as they got better of the team and finished at the 7th spot relegating India back to Division B with 8th place finish in the tournament.
Luckily (unfortunately for Basketball) no other Division B country is ready to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Div. B, which proved beneficial for India as they got the opportunity to compete in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying tournament as the 8th team from the Asia
Schedule for the Indian team(Group stage):
1) 14th November 2019
India vs Japan, 17:30
2) 16th November 2019
India vs Australia, 14:30
3) 17th November 2019
India vs Chinese Taipei, 12:30
India’s ranking before Asia Cup was 45th in the World and 7th in Asia but current rankings of women’s basketball has drastically gone down to 70th in the World and 14th in Asia.
Based on the rankings and performance it can be said that India’s performance is below par with other Asian teams and are lucky to even get the spot in Olympic qualifying tournament.
India has not been able to register a single victory since FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Div. B in 2017 in Bengaluru, India lost all the matches in Willian Jones Cup in 2017, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and in last month’s FIBA Women’s Asia Cup division A
The roster for the tournament might be unchanged and same team will play as from the September’s Asia cup. The team is currently training in Bengaluru under head coach Zoran Visic,who led the team to the Division B crown two years back.
Article by – Vinay Sadarjoshi
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